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Coming from an official announcement earlier this year, NieR Replicant is now scheduled to release on April 22, 2021 in Japan and April 23 worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

This was announced during the Tokyo Game Show stream and was accompanied by a new trailer, which you can see below:

Interestingly, different cover art will grace the boxes of the game upon release, with the North American / European version getting the short end of the stick. That Japanese / Asian cover looks all sorts of lovely.

A White Snow Edition was also announced, which will include the base game, a Pin set, soundtrack, script books, and a collectible outer box.

nier replicant white snow edition box

NieR Replicant is touted as more than a remaster, which will include an enhanced soundtrack as well as gameplay updates.

NieR Replicant will release on April 22, 2021 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. No word on a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X release but it wouldn’t be wrong to expect an official announcement about next-gen versions soon.

We all know that the next-generation consoles are going to be big, not just figuratively but literally as well. The PlayStation 5, in particular, is just straight up huge when put side by side with other consoles. With pre-orders coming and going, we’ve got to get ready to redecorate soon enough to prepare for the coming of these mean machines.

Enter Twitter user KeiSawada, who has done everyone a favor by illustrating just how both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will look inside our homes, giving us an idea of how much furniture we’ll need to move around.

With most gamers owning a PlayStation 4 and a Nintendo Switch, it was only logical to place both side by side. The PlayStation 5 is looking like an absolute f****ng unit.

Side by side with a Series X and S? Here you go.

If you plan on getting both consoles, needless to say that you’ll be needing a LOT of space, especially if you’ll be placing them horizontally.

Both Sony and Microsoft not only want to empty your wallets but also your TV rack as well. You’ve got less than 2 months to clear up some space as the Xbox Series X and Series S will be releasing on November 10 while the PlayStation 5 will be releasing on November 12 in selected territories and November 19 worldwide.

So you’ve just secured yourself a pre-order of the most powerful next-gen console. You’ve got your Game Pass subscription on standby, ready to play all those games in crisp 4K 60fps, enough to fill up your stock 1TB SSD. Need extra space? Sure, expandable storage for the Xbox Series X will cost over $200.

$219.99 to be exact, or around PHP11,000. That’s $80 shy of a Series S.

Best Buy have already placed pre-orders and to be fair, similar add-ons would cost about the same price, so the $200 price tag is justified to a certain extent. Considering that this is a proprietary drive, you’ve got no other options except Seagate for this one, at least for now.

xbox series x expandable storage

1TB of storage should be more than enough for a lot of people. Unless you’re the type to keep everything on stored on multiple storage devices, 1TB should give you anywhere from 10-20 games, maybe more, depending on the titles. Or about 5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfares.

You can still use your regular USB drives as storage, but Xbox Series X enhanced games will need to be run from the brand new SSD.

Sony, on the other hand, has opened up their storage options to third party suppliers, but will still have to be “certified” by Sony to ensure that it meets the specs and speed of their custom internal SSD. It’ll probably cost around $200 too, more or less.

Either way, the next-generation of consoles will certainly bring some next-generation prices with it, from accessories to even some of the games.

With the recent announcement of Among Us 2, the devs have confirmed just as easily that Part 2 has indeed been cancelled and will instead focus on adding all the content and improvements planned into the current game.

The announcement was made on a blog post by Developers Innersloth, saying that “All of the content we had planned for Among Us 2 will instead go into Among Us 1. This is probably the more difficult choice because it means going deep into the core code of the game and reworking several parts of it. We have lots of things planned and we’re excited to bring new content to everyone as you continue to enjoy playing!”

The planned improvements down the line will include Colorblind support, a friends / account system, a new stage (yay!), and continuous server improvements.

No schedule has been revealed for these improvements but we can expect it to take a while because of all the code support that the game will need to get it up to spec. We’re sure the fans won’t mind!

Similar to Fall Guys, Among Us was a surprise hit this year, not only for the fact that it isn’t a triple A game or that it wasn’t marketed heavily, but simply because it was a 2018 game that saw a huge resurgence due to a Twitch following.

Haven’t heard of Among Us and are interested about all the hype? Check out some gameplay videos below from PewDiePie and MrBeast.

Because of some weird twist, the Xbox One X is seeing a resurgence in sales, possibly a case of mistaken purchase over the Series X.

Xbox Series S and X pre-orders have gone live in parts of the world today and as expected, pre-order slots of the next-gen system immediately flew off the shelves, with some shops posting sold out signs as soon as they opened.

Online retailers haven’t had it easy too, as websites started crashing the second pre-orders went live. Even the Microsoft site was not spared, at the very least indicating that there is indeed high demand for it.

It was quite the disaster, similar to the PlayStation 5 pre-order fiasco from last week, which MS ironically threw some shade at.

One good thing that came from it though is that Xbox One X sales have shot up 747% on Amazon, based on a report from Twitter user Andrew Alerts.

You didn’t read wrong. Xbox One X and NOT Xbox Series X.

Microsoft has already discontinued production of the Xbox One X, but this surge in sales can most likely be attributed to a couple of things.

From what it looks like, in the rush and panic to get hold of the Series X, some customers may have mistakenly ordered the current-gen box over the next-gen box. The packaging and colors used do indeed show some similarity, so it wouldn’t be too far from the truth to say that Amazon may be receiving a lot of refunds and order cancellations soon after. It also doesn’t help that the naming convention for both systems is very similar, which really doesn’t help the parents who are not well-versed in the industry that are buying these for their children.

Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad reported that this could be because of incorrectly configured bots that were set to purchase multiple pre-orders to scalp over ebay.

Whatever the case, pre-orders did not go as smooth as Microsoft would have hoped but it seems that there was enough demand for both consoles to break some records.

Both the Series X and Series S will launch on November 10 and will retail for $499 and $299 respectively. Local pre-orders in the Philippines have not been announced yet.

After the megaton announcement that shook the gaming industry, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer has clarified that Bethesda “will run semi-independently”, as the whole acquisition deal was not “about becoming us.”

In an interview with CNET, Spencer said that the terms of the deal will allow Bethesda to still be the company that builds massively successful games and how everything is still about the culture of the studios under Bethesda, even after Microsoft has taken them under their wing.

It seems that Microsoft is still giving Bethesda a great deal of freedom to go about its ways, but obviously these are business terms being thrown around and is not as simple as we think it is, especially without knowing what the extent of exclusivity is.

While it is not yet fully confirmed whether all of Bethesda’s titles will see the light of day on other platforms like the PlayStation 5 or the Nintendo Switch, what is certain is that Game Pass will be receiving a direct injection of insane value, allowing games from the studios that brought you Dishonored, Doom, and Skyrim to be playable on the subscription service from day one.

Pete Hines, SVP of PR and Marketing of Bethesda, did mention the same thing during the acquisition a couple of days ago, saying that they are “still Bethesda. We’re still working on the same games we were yesterday, made by the same studios we’ve worked with for years, and those games will be published by us.”

Bethesda’s Todd Howard also says that “this one is about more than one system or one screen. We share a deep belief in the fundamental power of games, in their ability to connect, empower, and bring joy. And a belief we should bring that to everyone – regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on. Regardless of the screen size, the controller, or your ability to even use one.”

If anything, we do know that this deal greatly benefits Microsoft and the millions of Xbox fans around the world. How this affects the other platforms remains to be seen but overall, the upcoming generation is already the spiciest it has ever been and it hasn’t even begun.

It was reported previously that Spider-Man Remastered won’t be getting a standalone physical release and that PS4 save files won’t transfer to the Remastered version. These tidbits were handed out by Insomiac Games but just in case you were holding out for a silver lining, sad to say that Sony themselves have confirmed this as well.

In a message to Kotaku, here is what Sony has to say:

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered is an enhanced version of Marvel’s Spider-Man, and is included as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 5. In addition, players who purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PlayStation 4 can upgrade at no additional cost to the PS5 version of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and can take advantage of a paid-upgrade to download Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered.

There are no plans currently to offer Marvel’s-Spider-Man: Remastered as a standalone. Players with a copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 can purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition to experience Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered on PS5. Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 also will be backwards compatible on PS5.

In case it wasn’t clear, let’s break it down for everybody:

  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be releasing for BOTH the PS4 and PS5.
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales will have an Ultimate Edition only for the PS5. The Ultimate Edition contains the base Miles Morales game and Spider-Man Remastered.
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the PS4 will have a free upgrade path for the PS5 BUT if you have the PS4 game on a physical disc and proceed to purchase the PS5 Digital Edition, you won’t be able to access the upgrade. Obviously.
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales owners for the PS4 can upgrade to the PS5 version for free and additionally, can purchase a $20 upgrade for the Ultimate Edition, granting access to Spider-Man Remastered.
  • The PS4 Spider-Man game will be compatible with the PS5 BUT will not have any of the remastered upgrades like updated graphics, faster loading, etc.
  • Save data from the PS4 Spider-Man game will NOT be compatible with Spider-Man: Remastered because it is a “new” game.

Whew. Got that?

It sounds simple enough and complicated at the same time but what it all boils down to is the fact that Spider-Man Remastered will only be available to owners of Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Bummer.

The conventions and events for 2020 may have been cancelled, but they have found an alternative (and safer) home online through virtual showcases such as Gamescom and Tokyo Game Show. Another such event will be The Game Awards 2020 and it is scheduled for a December 10 broadcast.

As announced by Geoff Keighley himself, the event will be broadcast over 45 platforms in crisp 4K from Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo, connecting the industry and the world for a celebration of games with live award presentations, musical performances, and spectacular world premiere game announcements.

A press release reads as follows:

“In 2020, video games have connected and comforted us more than ever, and that makes the 2020 edition of The Game Awards our most important show ever. Our team is working hard to deliver an innovative and thoughtful program that celebrates excellence, previews the future, and amplifies important voices that are shaping the future of this medium.”

The Game Awards 2020 will also have a new award called “Innovation in Accessibility”, which will recognize games and software that push the boundaries for accessibility, allowing an even wider audience to enjoy all of these wonderful experiences.

Last year, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice took home the award for Game of the Year and for 2020, it’s looking to be a hotly contested affair, with the possible nominees being the likes of Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Last of Us 2, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Many details like price and release date have already been revealed about the PlayStation 5 but many are still unconfirmed, leaving people to make wild guesses or lean into rumors. For today, it seems specifics about backwards compatibility have now been answered by a single tweet.

The official Japanese Ask PlayStation account posted a message as a response to a user saying that a PS4 disc won’t work on a PS5. The original tweet in Japanese can be seen below:

A translation via Siliconera reads as follows:

If the PS4 game is supported by PS5’s compatibility operations, both the disc and digital versions can be played as-is on the PS5. If you are going to play the PS4 game with a disc, please choose the model with the disc drive. We apologize for the insufficiency in the contact support related to PS5’s [backwards] compatibility, as we made the addendum above.

With this reply, we can now confirm that backwards compatible games, whether via disc or digital, can be played on a PlayStation 5. It goes without saying that PS4 disc based games will only work on the Disc edition of the PS5.

This means a lot of good things for PlayStation 4 users who have amassed quite the collection of games over the years, as CEO Jim Ryan even confirmed that 99% of PS4 games will be supported on the PS5.

Additionally, Sony has revealed the PS Plus Collection, which is an add-on value at no extra cost that allows PS Plus Subscribers to play classic PS4 games on their new PS5 for free. The list of curated titles include Bloodborne, God of War, Days Gone, Final Fantasy XV, Persona 5, and much more.

In what sounds like a big reunion of former Blizzard vets, Ex CEO Mike Morhaime announces Dreamhaven, a new game company that will create and publish original games.

As announced on their official website, Dreamhaven already has two studios under its belt in Moonshot Games and Secret Door, both of which are headed by names with incredible portfolios.

Moonshot Games is led by Jason Chayes, Dustin Browder, and Ben Thompson. Chayes was an Executive Producer at Blizzard for Hearthstone, Browder was a Game Director on StarCraft II, and Thompson was Creative Director for Hearthstone.

The team at Secret Door boasts of heavy hitters too in the form of Chris Sigaty, Alan Dabiri, and Eric Dodds. Sigaty served as Executive Producer on Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and Heroes of the Storm, as well as Lead Producer on the original Warcraft III. Dodds was the original Game Director of Hearthstone while Dabiri was both Technical and Game Director for titles like Warcraft III.

“I’m excited to team up with such talented people who care deeply about games and their communities. I’ve always believed in the power of games to bring people together regardless of backgrounds or boundaries. With Dreamhaven, we look forward to creating and sharing new experiences with players everywhere” says Morhaime.

With studios comprised of talent of that caliber, we can expect only good things from this company in the future, hopefully bringing back that good old Blizzard magic along with them.